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Anti-Semitic hate crime reports in Hackney are up year-on-year, charity’s report shows

PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 August 2017 | UPDATED: 08:53 01 August 2017

Stamford Hill has one of the most concentrated Jewish populations in the UK. Picture: David Howard/Flickr/Creative Commons (licence CC BY 2.0)

Stamford Hill has one of the most concentrated Jewish populations in the UK. Picture: David Howard/Flickr/Creative Commons (licence CC BY 2.0)

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Reports of anti-Semitic attacks in Hackney are on the rise, with 47 incidents recorded in the first half of 2017, a report has revealed.

That’s is up from 40 during the first half of 2016, and marks a steady rise since 2013, when six attacks were reported.

The charity Community Security Trust (CST) published the study on Thursday.

Rabbi Herschel Gluck, president of Stamford Hill’s Jewish neighbourhood watch group Shomrim, put the rise down to a growing acceptance in society of negativity towards all minorities.

But CST says reporting has increased because of its co-operation with police forces, press coverage of anti-Semitic attacks, and increased security outside Jewish institutions.

Rabbi Gluck said: “As Shomrim we patrol but what is more important is to educate and the government needs to put matters in place that people should be aware that this is totally unacceptable.

“The Holocaust [...] casts a very very strong shadow over the community and therefore a rise in anti-Semitism has a very traumatic and deep effect on the community.”

One in 10 people in Hackney is Jewish, the second highest figure in London after Barnet, according to 2015 statistics from the Office for National Statistics.

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